Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era 1884 Stephenson & Co. 4-4-0T Cavan & Leitrim Railway, Ireland

Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era

1884 Stephenson & Co. 4-4-0T

Cavan & Leitrim Railway, Ireland

Narrow Gauge – 3’ 0”No.1 Isabel in 1932

In the independent days before absorption into the Great Southern in 1925, this 3’ 0” gauge line in central Ireland possessed nine engines, of which eight were 4-4-0Ts all built by Stephenson & Co. in 1884.  Some very similar locomotives were also used on two other 3’ 0” gauge lines, the Cork & Muskerry and the Schull & Skibbereen, but they came from different builders and varied in detail.

The Cavan & Leitrim engines were Nos.1 – Isabel, 2 – Kathleen, 3 – Lady Edith, 4 – Violet, 5 – Gertrude, 6 – May, 7 – Olive and 8 – Queen Victoria, and they worked almost the whole of the traffic until 1932, when they were joined by four 2-4-2Ts from the Cork, Blackrock and Passage.  Engine No.9 King Edward was a larger 0-6-4T obtained in 1904, but it was found to be too heavy for the line and was little used.

Nos.5 and 6 were scrapped in 1925 and 1927.  The others gradually lost their names except No.3 Isabel, which retained hers until withdrawal in 1949.  No.7 had been cut up in 1945, but the remaining four lasted until the closure of the line in April 1959.  No.3 has gone to the USA for preservation in working order near New York.

Driving wheels – 3’ 6”,  Bogie wheels – 2’ 1”, Cylinders – 14”x 20”,  Pressure – 150 lb.,  Tractive effort – 11900 lb.,  Weight – 26 tons.

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2 responses to “Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era 1884 Stephenson & Co. 4-4-0T Cavan & Leitrim Railway, Ireland

  1. No 3 Kathleen is in the UF&TM near Belfast along with a C&LR carriage.

    Thanks for the photo, cheers, Andrew.

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